Northcote Residence – humble and texturally rich

Utilising timber in a variety of ways throughout the project, this property flows with a rhythm of intimacy and warmth.
Project Name
Northcote Residence
Case Study Type

Northcote VIC 3070



From the house’s initial presentation to the street, to the internal joinery detailing, timber has been utilised to present 18 James Street Northcote as a humble and texturally rich building.


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To the front façade, hovering Blackbutt sunshades protecting northfacing windows echo the vernacular verandah form so common in Northcote streetscapes. The rhythm of the sunshade battens is continued in the Blackbutt batten and lining board cladding, leading visitors to the heavy solid timber front door. 


Inside, the external timber form experienced outside continues, leading down the stairs to the primary living and entertaining spaces. From here, this form is read from below, with the Blackbutt soffit lining providing intimacy and warmth to the voluminous space. Reclaimed solid Blackbutt and Blackbutt veneer incorporated into joinery elements further enhance the space.

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